If the Washington Capitals don’t get a grip on this series, Sunday’s game could be their final home game of the year.
Of course, that was also true when they went down 0-2 in their first-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now, the Capitals enter Game 2 of their second-round tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins trying to avoid entering the same-sized hole.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch:
Opponent: Pittsburgh Penguins (Penguins lead series 1-0)
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
Date and Time: Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m.
Radio: 99.1 FM
Barry Trotz denies report he told Tortorella his Capitals coaching career is about to end, by Adam Zielonka
Penguins score three in third period to come back, stun Capitals in Game 1, by Adam Zielonka
Evgeni Malkin, Carl Hagelin out for Penguins, by Adam Zielonka
What to watch for: Penguins coach Mike Sullivan announced Sunday that Malkin would miss Game 2, as well. Pittsburgh fans had had hope they would see the center return after he skated with the team Thursday morning. Sullivan said Malkin did not suffer a setback and could be available for Game 3 … In all three games the Capitals have lost in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs — two games to Columbus and Game 1 to Pittsburgh — they have given up a 2-0 lead. Thursday’s loss came after Washington scored its second goal of the game in the third period; Sidney Crosby’s line was responsible for all three goals after that.